An extremely rare 1949 Kweichow 50 Cent with the “Greek border” design realized US$334,600 in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries April 2014 Hong Kong Showcase Auction. The graded AU-58 coin by NGC is considered to be the fractional counterpart of the famous “Bamboo Dollar”. This coin is the highest graded by either PCGS or NGC.

Kweichow 50 Cent

The reverses for the coin displays a large number “50” in the center surrounded by a pearled ring. Just beyond the pearled ring the figure “50” is printed 32 times. Finally, a Greek meander border similar to the obverse is present.

Kweichow coin

The 50 Cents piece displays on the obverse within an inner pearled ring, four Chinese characters that denote: “Half-Dollar Silver Coin.” Above the pearled ring in Chinese characters is the date: “38th Year of the Republic of China” (1949). Two small four petalled rosaces divide this upper legend from the lower, which reads: Made in Kweichow Province.” Surrounding these is the aforementioned Greek meander border.

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries April 2014 Hong Kong Showcase Auction drew the attention of astute numismatists from across the globe. Over $7 million worth of rare coins, banknotes and other Asian numismatic items have found new homes. The April 2014 Hong Kong Showcase Auction featured The Craig Collection and The Arthur Cox Collection of Ferracute Company Archive Materials, among other important collections and consignments.

The following lot, a 20 Cent from the same series, realized $334,600 after much spirited bidding. A 1920 Yuan Shih-kai Dollar struck in gold, ex: Wa She Wong Collection and graded MS-64 (NGC), realized $262,900 — almost double what it sold for in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries December 2010 Hong Kong Auction. A Chihli (Pei Yang) Tael, Year 33 (1907), graded AU-58 by PCGS, brought more than estimated when it realized $149,375 after strong bidder participation.

“The market for classic Chinese rarities has strengthened, and the prices realized show that,” said Kent Ponterio, senior numismatist of world and ancient coins for Stack’s Bowers Galleries. He noted that the Szechuan Pattern Dollar struck in brass and graded Specimen-61 (PCGS) from The Arthur Cox Collection sold for $77,675 — an NGC graded MS-62 example in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries April 2013 Hong Kong Auction fetched $50,787.50.

“There were times when there was standing room only during the auction, and to Kent’s point, vintage and classic Chinese coins realized extremely strong prices,” said Richard Ponterio, executive vice president of Stack’s Bowers Galleries.

Offered in a separate catalog was an extensive offering of Asian and Chinese banknotes anchored by The Ernest A. Ikenberry Collection. Hailing from this important property was the top drawing note in the sale, lot 32001 — a Ming Dynasty 400 Cash note — likely the only collectible example. The note brought an impressive $119,500. Another important rarity, a $100 note from the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China, dated September 1, 1927, brought $44,812.50.

tin coin

2 pieces Pahang Tin Hat Money, ca. 1864-89 realized US$675 in the auction. A large example (72.59 mm, 113.90 gms) dated AH 1281 (1864) and a smaller example (28.71 mm, 10.09 gms). Each piece has been holed as is usual, but both are in exceptional states of preservation. VERY FINE.

New Zealand Mint has released their first NZ Mint's Disney collectible coin series; Steamboat Willie. The 1928 animated cartoon released on November 18, 1928 is considered the debut of Mickey Mouse. The coins are available for purchase now in 1 oz silver or 1/4 oz gold and the shipping to commence from May 09, 2014.

Steamboat Willie

The coin reverse show a still frame from the iconic scene where Mickey Mouse is seen cheerfully standing at the boats wheel. Wrapped around the top of the collectible coin is the engraved name of this breakthrough cartoon, Steamboat Willie, and the year of its release, 1928. The coin obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Country of Issue - Niue.

The Steamboat Willie is notable for being the first cartoon with synchronised sound. It was also the first cartoon to feature a post-produced soundtrack using a fifteen piece band and the voice of Walt Disney himself as Mickey. Mickey had appeared in two earlier cartoons (released without sound), Plane Crazy and The Gallopin' Gaucho.

Mickey Mouse

Technical Specifications:
Metal: 9999 Fine Gold
Finish: Proof
Diameter: 20.6 mm
Edge: Milled
Denomination: $25
Year of Issue: 2014
Mintage: 1,000
Weight: 1/4 Troy oz

The Steamboat Willie ¼ oz Gold Coin is presented in a classic wooden coin case which sits inside a theme printed outer box. When opened, the coin and Certificate of Authenticity are displayed.

FREE Worldwide shipping on online orders over NZ$400. Excludes county-specific duties and taxes. Orders will be despatched in order of receipt commencing from May 9th, 2014. Orders are expected to be shipped by May 23rd, 2014. You can order online via

At the moment (16 April 2014), the most expensive Malaysia circulation coin (in terms of realised auction value) is the 1969 50 sen Milled edge coin sold in Numismatic Society Asia-NSA (They already change name to Collectibles Auction Asia) Auction at Landmark Village Hotel, Singapore on 19 October 2013. The bidder from Sungai Petani, Kedah who bid the auction via won the 1969 Freak w/o security edge graded by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) Au-55 for SGD4012 or RM10,253 (including buyer premium).

1969 50 sen

Most Malaysian numismatic collectors already knew the winner identity. He is also the winner for 50 sen 1969 Security Edge auction by Malaysia Numismatic Society Auction No. 157 at Muzium Negara on 29 September 2013 for RM2,800. Some newbies who don't know the real story about the auction make some rumours that the winner for 50 sen 1969 coin in MNS Auction sell his coin in Singapore auction and get a RM7,453 profit from the sell. The real thing is that both the coins are different kind, one is a Milled Edge and the earlier one is a security edge.

This is the second time, Malaysia coin reach over RM10,000 mark. The first one is on 26 October 2012 when a Malaysia RM500 Cipan (Malayan Tapir) Conservation Proof 1976 gold coin (KN6) graded PCGS PR69 DCAM sold for RM18,403 at Monetarium Auction in Singapore. The most expensive Malaysia commemorative coin bid by sifu Dickson Niew on behalf of his Malaysian customer.

When the news about the 50 sen 1969 sold for over RM10K broke out nationally via many local newspaper. Many newbies who think that they also have the same 1969 coin called me, any coin collectors phone number that they can found in internet and every coin dealer that they can contact or meet personally. The news cause havoc and the thing keep going on for over few months. Until today, I still get one silly question about 50 sen 1967, 1968 and 1969 per day.

To all newbies who still don't understand what is Milled edge and what is security edge for Malaysia 50 sen 1967-1969, I already explain about it in this article; Information about 50 sen 1967, 1968 & 1969 coins. Please read them carefully so you will understand that the "50 sen berparit" in your possesion only worth few ringgit and not worth thousands of Ringgit.

In the recent Mavin Auction on 25 March 2014, a 1969 Malaysia 50 Cents with security edge graded MS63 by NGC only manage to get a RM1,131 realized price (including buyer premium). Very far away from the previous record of RM2,800.

What about this year (2014)? Do you think the record for Malaysia most expensive circulation coin will be broken? What coin will top the chart in the future or do you think this record will stand for a very long time?